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spotlightThis week we turn the spotlight on one of CityBlock’s newest recruits  Katie Hodgson as she answers our top questions!

Katie is the Brand & Marketing Manager at CityBlock, providing 12 month maternity cover for Suzanne Parker! She is responsible for the marketing of our high quality student accommodation blocks and company brand.  A key member of the team, Katie develops, implements, manages and evaluates marketing strategies and campaigns.

1. Describe yourself in 3 words/phrases

Fun, adventurous & sociable!

2. What’s your favourite film?

I love anything directed by Wes Anderson! …Or anything Marvel!

3. If you could invite 3 people to a dinner party, who would they be (past or present)?

This is a tough one…. it would have to be James Cordon, Alex Turner and Sir David Attenborough.

4. What’s your favourite thing about working at CityBlock?

The people I work with, the residents… and my job!

5. If you could be invisible for the day, what would you do?

Swim with whales and pet a Lion.

6. What’s been your greatest achievement?

Being accepted to Copenhagen Business School for my degree and moving to Denmark!

7. Who’s your secret celebrity crush?

Chris Hemsworth.

8. What’s your favourite meal?


9. What did you want to be when you were little?

A Mermaid

10. If you were on mastermind, what would be your chosen subject?



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What’s Amazing About Lancaster?

Situated in the county of Lancashire, Lancaster is a historical city that still retains stunning examples of Georgian architecture. The city has a wide range of entertainment and cultural venues, suitable for every individual preference. Whether you like to go out clubbing or have a relaxing walk in the local park, Lancaster has you covered.

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I Need Help! 4 Exam Preparation Tips You Need to Know

There’s one thing on the mind of pretty much every student right now – and that’s exams.

It’s okay, we’ve all been there. We know exactly how nerve-wracking it can be, especially with the temptation of summer looming behind the exam period.

However, exams don’t need to be so scary. Like most things in life, a little preparation goes a long way – and exams are no different! Follow our helpful exam preparation tips, and you’ll be set for exam success!

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Take a CityBlock 360 Tour!

Looking for accommodation is a stressful time for students; at the very least you want to make sure that a place is habitable.  That’s why booking with a reputable student accommodation provider is so important – you don’t want to experience any nasty surprises when you finally move into your new digs!

But sometimes it can be a nightmare finding the time in between commitments and Netflix to actually see where it is that you’re going to end up living. That’s why we’re offering virtual 360 tours of our student accommodation – all you need to do now is open a new browser window.

Student Accommodation

How to Use

If you’re moving far away and don’t have a chance to view the accommodation before booking, there’s always the fear that it won’t live up to your expectations; no-one wants to find themselves living in a place that is sub-standard.

Now, with our 360 degree tours, all you have to do is click on the corresponding location in order to take a tour around our various accommodation options.

Leicester Students

Student Accommodation

If you’re looking for Leicester student accommodation, choose whether you want to look around City Block 1, 2 or both. Then you have the option of what room to look around to help you decide on the style of living that you’re interested in.

Would you prefer a superior self-contained studio or a plush single en-suite? Taking a tour will help you decide!

Lancaster Students

 University Students

For those planning on moving into student accommodation in Lancaster, the process is much the same. You have the option of exploring everything from the entrance hall to the courtyard and cycle storage, as well as the various bedrooms we have on offer! If you’re torn between the three building options that we have, going on a virtual tour will help with the decision process.

So if you’re unable to visit one of our buildings, want to refresh your memory of what they’re like,  want to have a nosey before going ahead for a visit in person or just show your parents, our 360 degree tours will help put your mind at ease!

If you’d like to book one of our rooms for next year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team for more details. You can call our Lancaster team on 01524 541 251 or our Leicester office on 0116 251 727, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Top 5 Things To Do During Easter Break

Easter break is a time to chill out and relax before you go back to the normality of being a student. Not sure what to fill your time with? Don’t worry! We’ve come up with a few things you could do while you’re away.

#1 – Uni Work

Sorry, we had to give this one a mention. We know you don’t want to have to think about your uni work while you’re relaxing, but you might as well use this time to make at least a little bit of a dent in your workload! Trust us, you’ll thank us later when you get back to University and can go out with your mates rather than trying to cram in a load of last minute revision!

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Plans Announced for CityBlock 5


Specialist consultancy, HOW Planning has submitted a detailed planning application on behalf of CityBlock, a leading provider of high quality, ensuite student accommodation for its latest development in Lancaster.

The iconic Gillows building on North Road, (currently substantially empty) will be another innovative multi-million pound regeneration of a prime city centre site and will be the latest addition to CityBlock’s growing UK portfolio.

Sean Smith from SSHARC architects has proposed a unique solution to transform the Grade II listed building into luxury ensuite student accommodation with top floor open residential for young professionals. The central theme is to provide additional shared social spaces to aid and improve resident interaction as well as providing the necessary quiet bedroom study spaces.

“The proposals aim to deliver a transformational change for the site, providing bespoke accommodation of the highest standards, wrapped up in a key townscape building.  The designs respect the historic conservation area setting whilst outwardly expressing and celebrating the building’s main function as vibrant living space”.

The proposed plans have been welcomed in consultations with the city’s design advisory panel and other statutory consultants.

This design, due for completion in August 2017 ‘raises the bar’ in both quality and sustainability and will complement the City of Lancaster and the rest of the CityBlock portfolio.

“We are delighted to be submitting plans for a 5th site in Lancaster”, says CityBlock CEOTrevor Bargh, the entrepreneur who founded CityBlock in 2003.

“Our blocks in Lancaster are fully booked once again this year with long waiting lists supporting a strong demand for CityBlock’s student accommodation model”.

Richard Barton, Partner at HOW Planning commented: “CityBlock have already delivered some of Lancaster’s most exclusive and ambitious student accommodation and plans for its latest scheme demonstrates their continuing commitment to investing in the city”.


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Lancaster vs. Leicester: Where Should You Study?

As a student, choosing your University is always an anxious time.  So, if you’re looking at Lancaster and Leicester as two of your prospective choices – which is best?

If you have friends studying at Lancaster, you already know it as a vibrant, historical city, and you might even already know where you want to live. Leicester is full of culture and night time buzz, having its mark on the map as Richard III’s final resting place.

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7 Things That Will Definitely Happen in Your Final Term at Uni

You made it. You’ve survived 3 or 4 years of University and your final term is now upon you. Congratulations! But before you get carried away with the celebrations, you should probably be prepared for the rollercoaster you are about to embark on. So what should you expect?

#1 – You Will Experience a Major Life Crisis

Did I choose the right course? Have I wasted the last few years of my life? What will I do next?

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Things You Only Know if You Live in Lancaster (Part 1)

When you tell people you live in Lancaster, you probably receive a lot of blank faces. Despite being a vibrant city with one of the best universities in the country, people still seem to think that there is a big gaping hole between Manchester and the Lake District.

They don’t know that Lancaster is a one Starbucks town or that it actually has two universities. They don’t know that Lancaster Castle used to be a prison and walking past it in the dark was always something we were “dared” to do.

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The Ultimate Guide to Lancaster University’s Pubs, Clubs and Bars

The Ultimate Guide to Lancaster University’s Pubs, Clubs and Bars

One of the mainstays of student life is the nightlife, and if you’re coming to Lancaster University to study and nightlife is important to you then you’ll find it’s no exception.

 If it’s your first time away from home then venturing out into an unknown city for the first time can be quite daunting, and you might not know the best bars or pubs to go to, or even where they are. However, Lancaster University’s campus is well-known for its lively nightlife, and it’s just a 15 minute bus ride to the university from our CityBlock apartments, with a regular bus service running to and from the city centre to the campus. Continue reading

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